Currently offered here on Craigslist in Woodville, Massachusetts is this 1965 Ford Galaxie XL500 convertible where the third owner is currently asking $9,500 to make room for another collector car. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide, the third owner has his Galaxie nicely priced at $2,500 below the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) level of $12,000.
First introduced in 1959, Ford’s third generation Galaxie launched for 1965 featured an all-new design with a taller, squared-off fender line led by vertically stacked dual headlights. The new top-of-the-line designation was the Galaxie 500. Ford’s new full size line was not just a styling change, as the company replaced the former leaf-spring rear suspension with a new three-link coil sprung system, with coil springs.
The third owner notes his green over white example has 119K original miles and based on the pictures we agree both the convertible top and interior appear to be in very good condition. He also reports the body of his Galaxie “is in fantastic shape – never been hit. The paint job is a re-application of the original color and showing its age, though still solid.” While the engine is the original 352 cubic inch V8, the previous owner replaced the radiator with what appears to be a custom aluminum unit that likely prevents overheating on hot days as well as a four barrel carburetor replacing the original unit.
The third owner honestly describes his Galaxie as “a solid runner – there’s not much left to bring it all the way back: gasket leak repairs, window gaskets, carb adjustment, master cylinder leak repair, front fender emblems, etc.”
If an in-person inspection confirms the condition of this Galaxie as the private seller presents, this big Ford convertible makes a compelling alternative to its more expensive Chevrolet competitor. We would enjoy the remaining top down days and then spend the winter addressing all of the minor things the current owner describes. Good luck with the purchase!